Recovery, Reimagining and Rebuilding our Home Town - We must LIVE UNITED

Covid-19 has exacerbated challenges facing the most vulnerable, especially in education, financial stability and health.  United Way has always been committed to building stronger, more equitable communities - but it's more important now than ever before.

More than 225 million jobs have been lost.  Educators and parents worry about learning loss, especially for low-income children of color.  United Ways are still fielding record requests for help getting food and health care.  Rebuilding isn't a matter of going back to where we were.  It's reimagining how we can be better and building towards that - together.  That's why United Way is working to help communities we serve across 40 countries come back stronger, as more equitable places where everyone can thrive.  With your support, we can help every person have an equal opportunity to succeed.  Strong communities need a strong United Way.  Now more than ever, we need to LIVE UNITED

 

Because of our partners, the United Way network raised and put back into communities $1 billion for COVID-19 response in the pandemic's first year.  That helped more than 27 million people stay in their homes, feed their families, keep the lights on, and more.

 

But our work is far from over.  Our communities need us more than ever.  United Way has always focused on the most vulnerable, seeking to close the divide.  But the intersection of COFID and inequity has widened the gap in health, financial stability and education.  We need to reimagine and rebuild stronger, more equitable places, were everyone can thrive.

 

That is why United Way is launching our reimagined LIVE UNITED initiative.  It's a global, multichannel campaign that will reach millions.  It will support the recovery, reimagining and rebuilding - without leaving anyone behind. The pandemic has reinforced the importance of taking care of each other.  It's also reinforced the importance of United Way's mission: to galvanize the caring power of communities.  We are eager to talk with you about the difference we can make together, right here in Iberia Parish.

UNITED WAY OF IBERIA Wants to remind you...

We must all remain diligent during these difficult times.  This pandemic we are living in, has affected so many of our family and friends.  We must all focus on keeping ourselves protected and healthy, and in doing so, we will be protecting those around us.  

Remember to wash your hands regularly!  Remember to wear your mask!  Remember to only go out and mix with others when it is absolutely necessary!

If you experience any Covid symptoms, please seek medical assistance to determine if you have contracted the virus.  It is very important that you catch it early and follow medical advice very closely.

Remember to monitor your children, grandchildren and elderly family members also.

Vaccines are available here in Iberia Parish.  Seek out your nearest location and get your vaccine as soon as you can!

UNITED WAY OF IBERIA'S STATEMENT REGARDING OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY

United Way of Iberia improves lives and promotes equity by creating more opportunities for all Iberia Parish residents through our collective parish wide action.  As leaders in uniting and motivating others for good in our area of the state, we tackle tough problems by co-creating solutions with change agents and grassroots leaders representing all walks of life.  We amplify the opportunities and services available to all people and link them to much-needed resources to bring about real change.  We work with public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities and networks they need to thrive.

We value and respect all people without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or citizenship status, age or ability status.  We expect our partner organizations, grantees, staff, volunteers, board members vendors and key collaborators to uphold these standards.  We believe access to opportunities needs not be predicated by one's race, gender identity, sexual orientation or social characteristics.

Our community achieves equity by dismantling systemic and institutional barriers underrepresented communities face in pursuit of happiness and the quest to realize their dreams.  We recognize structural racism, ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to racial disparities that have existed in the past and persist in the present.  United Way of Iberia commits to pursuing a more just, fair and equitable society where one's background does not predict future outcomes.  Our organization vigorously rejects and vehemently opposes racism, sexism, discrimination, prejudice and injustice in all forms.  We commit to leveraging our collective action to create more equitable communities in Iberia Parish, throughout our state and across our nation.

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A STUDY OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP -

UNITED WAY ALICE PROJECT FOR LOUISIANA

 

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

The term represents families across Louisiana and

the nation who are working but unable to afford the

basic household necessities, including housing, child care,

health care, food and transportation.

Released in January 2019, the report presents publicly
available data in a comprehensive way to illustrate the true

scope of financial need in our communities.

Eleven United Ways in Louisiana took part in the ALICE Report.